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The herd of wood­land cari­bou that live on the Slate Is­lands are de­scen­dants of an­i­mals that mi­grated across Lake Su­pe­rior in 1907 us­ing an eight­mile-long ice bridge.

The Slate Is­land Light­house was built in 1903. It’s lo­cated on Pat­ter­son Is­land, one of the two main land masses.

The first light­house keeper, Peter King, hailed from Port Arthur, Ont., and brought his wife and three sons with him to the Slate Is­lands. His salary was $400 a year.

The Slate Is­lands were des­ig­nated an On­tario Nat­u­ral En­vi­ron­ment Provin­cial Park in 1985.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.on­tar­i­oparks.com/park/slateis­lands.

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